While Taiwan health officials have made some poor predictions concerning the current record dengue fever outbreak, eg., ” “hopefully”predicted the dengue outbreak could end in September and stated they could see the “end of the tunnel”, one prediction they got correct was made in September when they said–the outbreak could rise into the 30,000 to 40,000 range.

Image/Taiwan CDC
Image/Taiwan CDC

With the addition of 266 indigenous dengue cases Monday, the Taiwan CDC now reports a cumulative total of 39,350 cases since the summer. This includes 22,648 cases in Tainan City, 15,930 cases in Kaohsiung City and 291 cases in Pingtung City.

In addition, 10 new deaths associated with dengue infection, including 5 women and 5 men, were confirmed this week, all from Kaohsiung City. This brings the dengue fatality total to 184.

The CDC reports for the first time since this outbreak, the number of new cases reported in Kaohsiung City last week is lower than that reported during the week before last week. Nevertheless, dengue activity remains rampant in the city.

Robert Herriman is a microbiologist and the Editor-in-Chief of Outbreak News Today and the Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch

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